New boy ready and eager to get started…
DANNY BATTH admits his move to the bet365 Stadium was a whirlwind affair but he’s relishing his new challenge.
The 28-year-old central defender today became Nathan Jones’ first signing as Stoke City boss after the Club paid Wolves an undisclosed fee for his services.
Batth, who has signed a three-and-a-half year contract, had been on loan at Middlesbrough until last weekend but was recalled by the Molineux outfit after they had accepted the Potters offer for his services.
He will train with his new teammates this morning and is eyeing-up making his debut in Saturday’s Championship clash with Hull City at the KCOM Stadium (kick-off 3pm).
Batth told Stoke City+: “I’ve joined a fantastic club and I’m looking forward to getting started. The transfer happened really quickly and now I’m just looking forward to finding my feet and training with the boys.
“I’ve spoken briefly to the manager but most of the talking between a manager and a player is done on the pitch. I’m looking forward; that will be the focus for me. Obviously the manager will give me some guidance on what he expects but I really am truly excited to be here.”
Batth knows several members of the City squad and has revealed he sought advice from former Wolves teammate Benik Afobe before pledging his future to the Potters.
“I managed to get a few minutes with Benik on the phone,” he added. “I’ve played with him twice in different spells at Wolves – I know him really well and we’ve kept in touch. He spoke volumes about the Club and what the new manager is trying to do.
“As a club, with a fantastic fan base, everything is set for us to do well.”